11 defense contracts worth watching

Washington Technology ranks the largest contracts expected to hit the market in the next 12 months

In its annual roundup of the most important contracts that are about to hit the market, our sister publication Washington Technology culled data from FedSources and Input.

The 11 defense contracts on that list reflect the Defense Department’s desire to improve global logistics operations, acquire the latest communications technologies, and obtain the best technical and engineering services to be found in the market.

The contracts represent potential total spending of approximately $125 billion. The Army dominates the list with responsibility for seven of the contracts.

1. Strategic Services Sourcing 2nd Generation
Agency: Army Materiel Command
Value: $30 billion
RFP: November 2012
Award: December 2014
Solicitation No.: N/A
Purpose: This is a follow-on contract to the current S3 contract. The Army uses the contract for engineering services and logistics and business operations support for command and control systems. The contract is a multiple-award contract. The current contract has seven incumbents that have done more than $4.5 billion in task orders.

2. Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise
Agency: Army Materiel Command
Value: $30 billion
RFP: February 2011
Award: January 2012
Solicitation No.: W52P1J10RXXXX
Purpose: The contract has four functional areas: supply, maintenance, transportation support, and plans and operations. The contract will primarily support logistics operations. It is replacing the Army’s Field and Installation Readiness Support Team contract and some other smaller vehicles. This will be a multiple-award contract.

3. Communication and Transmission Systems
Agency: Army
Value: $19.5 billion
RFP: May 2011
Award: February 2012
Solicitation No.: W91QUZ10CTSPWSQA
Purpose: This contract will be used to acquire a variety of communications services, including satellite, microwave, fiber optics, over-the horizon, radio and wireless. The contract also will be used for equipment, hardware and support services. The Army is looking for turnkey solutions on this contract as well. It is expected to be a multiple-award contract.

4. Defense Language Interpretation and Translation Enterprises
Agency: Army
Value: $15 billion
RFP: Expected by the end of calendar 2010.
Award: March 2011
Solicitation No.: W911W410R0011
Purpose: This contract will be used by the military and other U.S. agencies to acquire foreign language and regional expertise to help the government meet its missions. Translators and analysts will work on-site and remotely. Services will include translating and interpreting from English to other languages in addition to from other languages into English.

5. Global Tactical Advanced Communications Systems and Support Services
Agency: Army
Value: $10 billion
RFP: March 2011
Award: June 2011
Solicitation No.: W15P7T11RC001
Purpose: The multiple-award contract will be used to buy hardware, systems and services for a wide range of tactical command and control systems, including logistics support, testing and engineering services. 

6. Next Generation Enterprise Network
Agency: Navy
Value: $8.8 billion
RFP: Fiscal 2011
Award: To be determined
Solicitation No.: MKTSVY4623E
Purpose: NGEN will replace the Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract held by Hewlett-Packard. This time, the Navy is expected to divide the contract into five parts. The NGEN program also will cover the One-Net contract held by General Dynamics, the naval network outside the United States, and afloat networks. NGEN will cover desktop computers, local-area networks, enterprise networks and the Navy’s IT infrastructure used by 450,000 people.

7. Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration
Agency: Army Space and Missile Defense Command
Value: $5 billion
RFP: November 2010
Award: November 2011
Solicitation No: W9113MD3ISS10
Purpose: The contract will support development of requirements for missile defense, space and other warfighter solutions. Work will include platform and sensor technologies, communications networks, missiles, rockets and re-entry vehicles, and space technologies. 

8. Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-3H
Agency: Army
Value: $5 billion
RFP: June 2011
Award: January 2012
Solicitation No.: W91QUZ10ITES3H
Purpose: This contract is used to acquire hardware such as Unix servers, Windows servers, workstations, desktop PCs, laptop PCs and storage systems. The Army also will use this contract to buy networking equipment, printers, video equipment and uninterruptible power supplies. This is a follow-on contract held by Apptis Inc., CDW Government, Dell Federal systems, IBM Corp., World Wide Technology and GTSI Corp.

9. Global Information Grid Services Management — Engineering, Transition and Implementation
Agency: Defense Information Systems Agency
Value: $1.4 billion 
RFP: January 2011
Award: September 2011
Solicitation No.: HC102810R2001
Purpose: The contract supports the Global Information Grid, including systems engineering and integration, architecture, telecommunication standards development, telecommunication network security and information systems engineering, IT systems, and other services. The contract is expected to be awarded to several small businesses. The current contract-holders are Science Applications International Corp. and SETA Corp.

10. Expeditionary C4I Systems and Technical Support Services
Agency: Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
Value: $900 million
RFP: November 2010
Award: July 2011
Solicitation No.: N6523609R0202
Purpose: Services under this contract include systems engineering, test and evaluation, maintenance and site support, configuration management, logistics and training, and program management. The contract will need a top-secret clearance. This is a new contract, so there is no incumbent contractor.

11. Advisory and Assistance Services for Global Engineering Integration and Technical Assistance 11
Agency: Air Force
Value: $650 million
RFP: March 2011
Award: January 2012
Solicitation No.: FA890311R8002
Purpose: This contract is used to support a variety of Air Force agencies with management and professional services, studies, analysis and evaluation services, and engineering and technical services. There are several incumbents on this long-running program, including Booz Allen Hamilto. Booz Allen captured more than half of the task orders issued under the program.

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